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“$3 upcharge for ice”
Review of Vertex Sky Bar

Vertex Sky Bar
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Ranked #43 of 277 Restaurants in Rapid City
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: A Rapid City restaurant and bar without equal, Vertex Sky Bar combines modern features and traditional architecture with an unforgettable view. Vertex is located on the top two floors of the Hotel Historic Alex Johnson. Both levels offer indoor seating and an outdoor deck with gas-heated fire pits. Panoramic views allow guests to experience an incredible view of the Black Hills, Dinosaur Hill, the southern buttes and gorgeous prairie. Vertex Sky Bar offers hotel guests and Vertex Club members a wide selection of expertly-mixed cocktails, world-class spirits, and a variety of fine wine and beer. Our kitchen has crafted an exquisite menu, complete with decadent appetizers, gourmet entrees and savory desserts.
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Order a drink on the rocks and prepare to pay $18....that's $15 for a shot of whiskey and $3 for the rocks. This isn't an exclusive LA nightclub, its a South Dakota hotel bar....if you want to charge more for rocks put in on the menu! And the food menu could use an option or two without meat. Who puts bacon in the artichoke dip and the bruschetta?

Thank rrdub
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Sergio N, Manager at Vertex Sky Bar, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2014

Thank you so much for being honest, I cannot correct any service issues. Especially one such as an up charge for ice. This issue has been addressed and will not happen again. I'm sorry about your experience with the menu, I have passed this information to the appropriate department so it may be addressed.
I appreciate your time to give us your honest experience.
look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

It was about 22 below outside but very cozy inside.
Drinks were expensive but service and food was wonderful.

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Thank awilliams27
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We try to go here each time we visit Rapid City. The drinks are spendy, but the view is the best! The fireplaces help keep you warm on chilly days:)

Thank Zippingallaround
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Visited this bar while staying at the hotel. Full of kids getting drunk and smoking. Beautiful views of the city but unable to enjoy them because of the smoking issue. Cigars are allowed and really ruin the environment. Too bad, could be a neat place. Save your lungs and skip it!!

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Thank Ken B
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Alex Johnson Hotel is a delightful property with a roof top restaurant that offers a city view and relaxing atmosphere. Their service is wonderful - the staff well trained in the menu offerings. The choices abound, although I have to recommend their steaks - fantastically good. The bar is generous and the kitchen careful to meet all your requirements (proper cooking levels, substitutes). If it begins to get cool and you have decided to eat outside the Vertex lights up wonderful fire-pits that do the trick perfectly (including keeping your meal warmed up). Parking is ample in the block surrounding the hotel. All in all this was a terrific experience and I would return without hesitation.

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Thank tmm32776
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